A Lil Positivity: Uncle BDR Becomes Muslim For A Day To Teach Tolerance

- By Bossip Staff

Russell Simmons did his peaceful Hip-Hop guru thing on Sunday as part of a rally against an upcoming Congressional hearing that he and others say would basically study terrorism and Islam as one and the same.

Some 300 people gathered in Times Square on Sunday to speak out against a planned congressional hearing on Muslim terrorism, criticizing it as xenophobic and saying that singling out Muslims, rather than extremists, is unfair.

Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons and the imam who had led an effort to build an Islamic center near the World Trade Center site were among those who addressed the crowd.

“Our real enemy is not Islam or Muslims,” said the imam, Feisal Abdul Rauf. “The enemy is extremism and radicalism and radical ideology.”

The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, Rep. Peter King, has said that affiliates of al-Qaeda are radicalizing some American Muslims. He’s planned hearings starting Thursday on the threat he says they pose.

King, a Republican from New York’s Long Island, told CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday that he sees an international movement with elements in the United States of Muslims becoming more radical and identifying with terrorists.

Speakers at the cold and drizzly Times Square rally said King was targeting Muslims unfairly.

“American Muslims are as fully American as any other faith community,” said Rabbi Marc Schneier, founder of The Foundation for Ethnic Understanding. Singling out Muslim Americans “as the source of homegrown terrorism” is an injustice, he said.

Democratic Congressman Andre Carson of Indiana, one of two Muslims in Congress, said he wanted to say “to the Peter Kings of the world: We will not take your xenophobic behavior.”

Imam Shamsi Ali, the leader of the Islamic Cultural Center on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, said, “We are here today because we love this country. We are here today because we want to see America remain the most powerful and the most beautiful country in the world.”

Simmons promised “to make sure that this rally is taken to the next generation and to a new age” by enlisting entertainers and sports figures to tweet about it, including Kim Kardashian, who tweeted Sunday that she stood with Simmons in “promoting love and compassion.”

A smaller group rallied a few blocks away in support of King’s hearings.

Which side of this debate are you on? Is it time to stop linking terrorism in America to Muslim Americans?


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  • The Commenter Formerly Known as White Devil

    If BDR became Muslim for a day and then converted back, he is an apostate and deserves death under sharia law.

  • Lola

    Not all muslims are terrorists, terror has nothing to do with Islam, because Islam does not teach this. So I gotta ride out with Uncle Russ on this one

  • http://lukescorner.net/ Luke's Corner

    Of course their not all terrorists,, but who else are carrying out terror attacks on a daily basis on innocent civilians all over the globe?

    2 U.S soldiers were just killed in Germany by a muslim yelling ‘Allah Akbar’and the news conveniently moved on from the story hours later. There have been several attacks on our soil stopped in the past year by Muslim fanatics. WAKE THE F%CK UP PEOPLE!!

  • http://lukescorner.net/ Luke's Corner

    Uncle Russ azz just want to leave a bridge open to potentially get some of that Saudi money for some business venture,, thats y he’s down to build a mosque at sacred Ground Zero.

    • RogerThat

      LOL, u are the reason why people think americans are stupid. the place was always an Islamic community center where people would pray, ur just noticing it now. If you had an Islamic community center there for so long, how come it is a problem now?

  • white male

    A Muslim chemical engineering major in the U.S. just got busted this week ordering parts to build chemical bombs.

  • jmagic

    He should become a black woman for a day and find out why are they so damn angry all the time

    • Hispanoila Brotherhood

      Yea, I’d put that comedy career on hold for now.

  • http://starrzz starzz

    damn, people can be so dumb. characterizing all muslims as terrorists just shows how ignorant you are. I guess all Germans are nazis and all black people are gang members. If a white man said in congress that america is in danger of black people and their culture then this would be a different discussion.

    Are all priests child molesters as well? Does the bible teach pedophilia?

    How about you open a book for once instead of listening to these clowns in congress before you make judgement. You get all your info from the news anchors and never from the source. If you knew a damn thing about the Quraan you would know how beautiful it is contrary to what you hear.

    Dont be a internet thug and make comments about terrorism if you arent educated about shit.

    Peace n love 🙂

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